For Immediate Release: June 25, 2014


Senator Jeffrey D. Klein said, “The Independent Democratic Conference has served as a
strong, stabilizing, sensible force for governing in New York State for four years. Under a first-
of-its kind bipartisan, coalition government the IDC ushered in a functioning New York State
Senate and delivered unprecedented results for working families, including four consecutive on-
time budgets, passing the toughest gun control laws in the nation, marriage equality, an increase
to the minimum wage, universal pre-k for thousands of toddlers and the safe, regulated use of
medical marijuana.

“Yet as we reflect on these past achievements, it is also clear that core Democratic policy
initiatives that the IDC championed remain unfinished. As Democrats, the IDC remains
committed to the fight for an equal education for all New York students - which the Dream Act
would provide, protecting a woman's right to choose, increasing workers' wages, and enacting
meaningful campaign finance reform. I agree with Governor Cuomo that these are progressive
priorities we must pass.

“Therefore all IDC members are united and agree to work together to form a new majority
coalition between the Independent Democratic Conference and the Senate Democratic
Conference after the November elections in order to deliver the results that working families
across this state still need and deserve,”

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said, “I applaud the IDC’s decision. There is no doubt that we
have accomplished much for the state over the past four years. We have transformed the state
government from dysfunctional to highly functional, a deficit to a surplus, and losing jobs to
gaining jobs. There is also no doubt there are progressive goals that we have yet to achieve and
that we must accomplish next January.”


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